Born on July 20, 1931 in Meshoppen, PA, he was the son of the late Francis and Eliza (Brotzman) Baker. He attended Bloomsburg State Teachers’ College and Elmira College.
Walter proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954 in the 280 mm Atomic Gun Battalion. He was a 59- year member of The American Legion where he dedicated his time serving as New York State Department Commander, Seventh District Commander, Seneca County Commander and Commander of Kirk-Casey Post 366 in Seneca Falls. He was also the New York State Historian, State Chairman of Americanism, consultant on the National Children and Youth Commission and involved with Boys State. Walt was always involved in the care and well being of all veterans who served our country that he loved so much.
Mr. Baker retired from the U.S. Post Office and was a spectrographer for Sylvania Electric, Corning Glass and Westinghouse and an administrative manager for Sarah Coventry and Phillip’s ECG. Along with his wife, Beverly, Walter owned McCarthy Jewelers in Seneca Falls for over 10 years.
He married Beverly Wood of Vestal on Sept. 10, 1955 and they resided in Wyalusing, Wysox and Elmira Heights, NY before moving to Seneca Falls, where they lived for 32 years. They retired in West Melbourne, FL. Walter later moved to Waterloo, NY.
Walter was a long-time member of The First United Methodist Church in Seneca Falls. He had a passion for travel, especially cruising, playing golf and spending winters in
Florida. He loved being in the company of his family, sharing memories and family traditions. In his younger days, he enjoyed baseball, basketball and softball.
Survivors include his daughters,
Eannetta of Waterloo, NY, Cheryl
(Kent) Music of
Forsyth, GA and Carol Baker of Lizella, GA; his grandchildren, Trisha (Mike) Sarno, Mary (John) Conley, Stefani, Allison, Blakly, and Whit Music, Abbie and Andrew Baker; great-grandchildren, Gia Sarno, Elijah Music and a greatgranddaughter, Conley expected in December; his sister, Mable LeBaron of Vestal, NY; sistersin law, Shirley Baker, Betty Baker and Sandra Wood of PA and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly of 46 years; father, Francis; mother, Eliza; sisters, Hilda, Frances and Jennie; brothers, George, Johnnie, Cyrus and Joseph.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth of The First United Methodist Church in Seneca Falls officiating. Interment will follow at the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen, with graveside military services conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion of Tunkhannock and the Endless Mountains Post# 3583 V.F.W. of Mehoopany. Friends and family are invited to call Friday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations may do so to an American Legion Charity of your choice by visiting http://www.legion.org/donate/ american_ legion_ charities or to The First United Methodist Church, 2 Chapel Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.